Santiago Cooking Adventure (4d/3n)

Cook and explore the city in this program designed for those who enjoy their meals from the kitchen.

Description

There is no souvenir like being able to bring back new recipes and cooking ideas from a trip. Immersed in a different culture, we are given an opportunity to experience something completely new. Exploring the local spread of ingredients, selecting them from the bustling market and cooking in a private home is the perfect way to experience Santiago. Along with an introduction to Santiago in a city tour, and a visit to Chile’s Maipo Valley to sample its incredible wines.

Program:

Day 1:

  • Santiago Arrival – Transfer Airport-Hotel
  • Urban tour with food & wine tastings

Day 2:

  • Market & Cooking Tour with lunch and wine
  • Free Evening

Day 3:

  • Maipo Valley Wine Tour with Lunch
  • Transfer Hotel-Airport

Day 4

  • Free time – or add an extension
  • Transfer Hotel – Airport

Description

Day 1

We’ll be at the airport upon arrival to pick you up and take you and to your hotel for your stay in the Chilean capital. Ask about early check in options.

The experience starts that same afternoon, when your guide will meet you at the hotel for a four hour walking city tour that will introduce you to the city, its historic and cultural bases, and of course the food that makes it move. We start in Parque Forestal, one of the city’s first large scale public works and green spaces for a narrative on the history of the city and its rise to a South American landmark. Next we will examine the contemporary cultural and culinary landscape by visiting the neighborhoods of Bella Artes and Lastarria, located at the base of Cerro Santa Lucia, where the city was founded. Along the way we will stop at two different locations to sample the latest interpretations of typical Chilean ingredients, and finish with a wine tasting and food pairing. Our route will also take us past boutique clothing stores, museums, food stores, wine shops, book stores and more. Depending on your interest we can adjust the content of the tour, including stops at:

  • GAM Cultural Center
  • MAVI Visual Arts Museum
  • Bellas Artes Fine Arts Museum
  • Pre-Columbian Art Museum
  • Cerro Santa Lucia
  • Santa Lucia Indigenous Market (souvenirs and gifts)

Following activity, we will drop you off at your hotel.

Day 2

Now it’s time to get to “work”. Your host will be by the hotel at 9:30am to get a tasty day started. First we head to the vibrant and chaotic market quarter to peruse the wide selection of fresh produce that arrived that morning. Here you’ll have a chance to see the ingredients, both big and small, which make the colorful fabric work of Chile’s cuisine. La Vega, as it is called, is known not just for being a trusted early morning spot for produce wholesalers and distributers, it the best place to buy for home meals as well. With a strong influence from Chile’s newest immigrants, especially from the northern neighbor of Peru, the market is a cultural and culinary setting unlike any other in the rest of the country.

We will select fresh ingredients for our lunch, stopping to comment on the cultural side and share with our “caseros” or regular shop owners.

After the market it is time to get cooking. We head to a private home to prepare a fresh market meal. Depending on the season and availability of products, we will tailor a set of dishes that are both delicious and fun to prepare, but that can also be replicated back home. A PDF and print out of the recipes that we.

This includes fresh sopaipillas and pebre to get things started. And no proper meal in Chile is compete without a pisco sour. Our meals generally focus on the rich variety of sea food available, but it is flexible depending on the tastes of the participants.

Feel free to participate actively in the preparation of the meal, or sit back, enjoy your drink and the conversation.

After our meal we will head back to the hotel, and you have the rest of the afternoon and evening at your leisure.

As an alternative, as about visiting our quaint country home in Campo Gourmet instead of cooking in the city.

Day 3:

Today we will pick you up at your hotel and head to the Maipo Valley, home to Chile’s bold red wines and some of its most important vineyards. We will visit two vineyards, one big and one small, in order to feel the difference in their winemaking style, winery design and operation.

Vineyard choice depends on availability, but some of the options are:

-Perez Cruz– A family owned project that has blossomed into an award winning vineyard. Perez Cruz produces a great selection of reds, and also has one of the most unique wineries built in Chile. Visiting is an experience all to itself.

-Santa Rita- One of Chile’s largest producers of wines, and has developed a potent tourism business that adds bit of history with its industrial wine making. The grounds include two national monuments, its incredible cellar and the casona where its restaurant Doña Paula is located, and also has an Andean museum on hand as well.

Haras de Pirque A fine producer of red wines located in the community of Pirque, which lies just across the Maipo River from the Santiago metro area. As a “Hara” (stables) it also is a breeding center for horses, and the grounds can be visited as well upon request.

-Aquitania- Nudged between Santiago and the base of Cerro San Ramon, this vineyard is actually within the city limits. A boutique, French and Chilean owned wine maker with quality red wines.

We will visit two vineyards, and after the second one enjoy a relaxing lunch at the vineyard, paired with their wines.

Day 4:

  • Free day, with private transfer from your hotel to the airport.
  • At an additional cost add an extension for this day, including:
  • Valparaiso/Viña del Mar
  • Wine Country: Casablanca, Maipo or Colchagua
  • Hiking in the Andes

Includes:

  • Airport transfer In/Out
  • 3 Nights Lodging at Hotel Luciano K with Breakfast
  • Walking City tour of Parque Forestal, Barrio Bellavista & Lastarria, 2 food stops, Wine & Food Pairing
  • Full day market & cooking tour, including lunch, PDF of the recipes.
  • Full day Maipo Wine Tour of 2 vineyards, lunch and transportation included
  • Private Bilingual Guide
  • Email/phone/WhatsApp assistance
  • Assistance with added services, restaurant reservations

Contact us directly for your quote or with questions.

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